Social Media: FaceBook, Twitter (Tweet), Instagram: A Good thing or Bad?

Social Media LogosWe live in the age of information and most people have internet today. Understanding  social media is becoming more important as a means to stay in touch.  Using FaceBook, Twitter (Tweet), Instagram and other social media networks can be a good thing or bad.

As we get older we tend to not get out as much.  Many older individuals give up driving all together.  This generally means seeing less of both friends and families. Social media can help people feel connected to the world that has been reduced by the aging process.

Social media can be a true blessing with respect to reaching out to family and friends and seeing your friends and families latest pictures.  It has also become a common way for families to invite family and friends to celebrations or family gatherings. But many fail to realize that it is important to have a younger family member or friend set up your privacy settings.  It is important that when you interact with your friends and family that what you share is not being shared with the world.  In addition you should have only your friends and family and not an acquaintance (someone you know little about) in your circle. 

You should also be careful when you share something to your social media account.  Sometimes it can be embarrassing, because we think we are sharing something harmless and yet, when it is shared and it has links to sites with other websites, images, or political statements in complete opposition to your views on the world.  Sometimes it is better to save an image and then upload it to share it.  This way links to other sites or images are disabled.  These other sites may include pornography.  When you share any image you should identify the author or owner in the description.  This is especially true if you are sharing beautiful pictures that you yourself did not create.  If the photograph was taken by Joe’s Photography then you should give credit to Joe’s Photography.

Any images used in this article with respect to social media companies are the trademarks of their respective owners.  The purpose of using the images is to identify companies which are classified as social media companies which may or may not be all inclusive.

Enjoy social media.  Educate yourself and you should always use the help or support features of these sites so that your experience on them is safe and enjoyable.  If you do not know how a site works look for a “Help Center” or “Support Center”.

 

 

 

The Ways to Jumpstart Your Metabolism Naturally

If you continually diet, you are putting your body in a quasi famine situation.
It slows your metabolism down and breaks the thermostat.
Diets don’t work.
They don’t help you understand why you’re eating more
than your body wanted in the first place.
~ Susie Orbach

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A question I’m often asked is, “Do “calories” really count?”

I want to say yes, but it’s not that simple. Calories aren’t the only thing that matter when it comes to how much you weigh and the amount of energy you have. It’s all about your metabolism. Which is a bit more complicated than calories in and calories burned.

Metabolism is the process of taking in oxygen and food and using them for energy, heat, and storage. But what’s more important is how fast your metabolism works, which is often referred to as your “metabolic rate.” And you may have heard of RMR and TDEE, which are ways to measure your metabolic rate.

What you really want to know is what affects your metabolic rate, and how can you use that to your advantage. It’s not just about how much you eat. It’s about your hormones, body composition, and of course, what you eat.

Click here to read the full post about metabolism, what affects your metabolic rate and try my new recipe for a lean (metabolism-boosting) protein!

Have a great week and be sure to get outside for a walk or a run. Both boost your metabolism!

BAD Robocall: “Do Not Say Yes” Smart Home: GOOD

RoboCall Virtual AssistantVoice response technology has advanced. Bad is the new robocall that scams people. Good is a smart home device that respond to our verbal requests.

Alert Robocall BAD

If you have picked up the phone you have likely heard a women’s voice exclaim “Oops (giggle and then)  Oh I’m sorry.” She the asks “Can you hear me?”.    

It is important for you to know that you should not respond to this question with a “YES“.    DO NOT SAY “YES” !   

Innocent people across the country are getting calls from a new advanced virtual female robot.  She (the robot) sounds like you are being call by a live person.   Consumers that have replied with a “YES” are now reporting fraud and loss claims.   

It is now believed that these “YES” responses are being recorded and then edited. The “YES” is then used to make it sound like you’ve given permission for a purchase or some other transaction.  Technology and advances in speech recognition and voice responses by machines has reached a level where many people think they are talking to a live or real person.    Unfortunately this technology is now being used by bad guys trying to steal from you.

Smart Home GOOD

A “good” example of this technology are devices like Amazon’s Echo and Dot which use “Alexa” a virtual female voice that responds and interacts with owners.  It is currently estimated that close to 10 million homes have Amazon’s virtual “smart home” assistant.  Google has a  “smart home” virtual assistant called Google Home.  Apple also has a smart home device.

Click on the images below to learn more about these Smart Home Devices that truly are “Good” examples of this amazing technology that improve your life.

     Amazon Echo        Amazon Dot

The above devices can answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service.  They can controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others.  With the free Alexa App on your smart phone  you can view shopping and to-do lists that you asked the device to add to the lists.

 

 

 

 

 

Nutritional Supplements and Their Role in Promoting Successful Aging and Longevity

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More and more western medicine is acknowledging the importance and vital role that nutritional supplements contribute to health, successful aging and longevity.  While other cultures have focused on this for centuries. The western world has embraced five decades of fast, convenient, and processed foods and in turn consumes 70 % of  all prescription medications.  Obesity, diabetes, and numerous other health problems are commonplace  in North America.  The educated choices that we make today will give us more tomorrows, with quality of life.

Authors: Steven R. Gambert and Barbara Anne Gambert (Professor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD, USA, and others)
Book Description:
Every day, people must make choices. Perhaps nothing is as important, however, as what people choose to eat or not eat. While hunger, whether it be a desire to have a feeling of well-being or purely due to habit, motivates many of our choices, nutrition plays an essential role in our health and how successful we will be in terms of our aging process. The term “nutritional supplements” is generally used to include vitamins, minerals, herbs, meal supplements, sports nutrition products, natural food supplements, and other related products. This monograph, while not an exhaustive compilation of all nutritional supplements available, is meant to guide any reader who is interested in adding quality of life to their remaining years, and perhaps even extending their life span. Whether it is a vitamin, mineral, macronutrient, super food or herb, we have attempted to present the data available (whether anecdotal, based on animal/cellular models, or well conducted scientific studies in humans), to help the reader make a wise choice as to what to include in their diet. This may include a specific food, an ingredient, or nutritional product depending on the person. Having a more successful aging process is up to each individual, and the authors hope this monograph will help to provide an individualized path to success! (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

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You can click on the coupon to make it larger and print.  To purchase the softcover using the coupon you can call the publisher at: 631-299-0025   9:00 AM to 4:30 PM E.S.T. The safest way to purchase using your credit card would be to call or fax.  As a rule it is not recommended that you put your credit card numbers in any emails that you send.supplementssupplements

 

If you have a Kindle eBook reader you will have to contact Amazon Customer Service at 888-280-4331 Option 1.  They will provide you with the document email address, created when you first registered your device, so that you can send the eBook that you purchase from the publisher to your Kindle device.  You simply email the  “.pdf” file that you download from the publisher to your Kindle email address example:   yourname_012345@kindle.com   attach the .pdf and in the subject line of the email type “Convert”.  Literally within 10 to 20 minutes when you turn on and sync. your Kindle your newly purchased eBook will be there.

Adult Vaccinations CDC Recommendations 2016-2017

Most of us who are 50 and older have seen the benefit of vaccinations throughout our lifetimes.  However today there appears to be a lot of controversy with respect to immunizations especially with younger generations.  I guess the decision is up to you and your health care provider.  Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them.

Flu Vaccine

These are the current CDC (Center for Disease) recommendations. Immunizations, adults 50 and older should consider:

Get a flu shot every year. Over 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years and older. More Information.

Get a shot for tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough. Get a tetanus booster if it has been more than 10 years since your last shot. More Information.

If you are 60 or older, get a shot to prevent shingles. Even if you have had shingles, you can still get the shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.  This vaccine may be given to those in their 50s. Enquire with your healthcare provider. More Information.

People 65 years or older need a series of two different vaccines for pneumococcal disease. Talk with your health care provider about how to schedule them. If you have previously been immunized for pneumonia notify your provider.  More Information.

You may learn about other vaccinations at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The decision to receive a vaccination is very personal.  Some individuals choose not to be vaccinated.  It is best to discuss this matter with your health care provider.

 

Consumers, Supplements, and Clinical Research

In the last decade the National Institutes of Health has devoted over $2 billion to studying complementary and alternative medicine.  This has included several major clinical trials on herbs, vitamins, and supplements.  When supplement research results report harm, the published studies appear to be more influential to consumers and their physicians than results reporting lack of efficacy.  When you take any supplement it should be based on both safety and whether or not it works (efficacy).

Vitamin E

This is especially true when we look at Vitamin E.  Vitamin E is typically purchased and consumed as a preventative supplement.  Vitamin E is a fat-soluble anti-oxidant that was thought to reduce oxidative stress linked to cancer and heart disease. It was also the most common supplement recommended by physicians.  In 2005 the results were published  from a major vitamin E trial that showed participants who took >800 IU of Vitamin E per day had higher mortality (death) rates.  Later in 2005 data from two additional studies reported little or no effect of vitamin E in preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease. Sales of vitamin E decreased by 33 % the following year.  Investigators feel that when supplement research results report harm, the results influence consumers and their physicians more so than results reporting a lack of benefits or efficacy.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

These supplements gained popularity for the symptoms of osteoarthritis. This supplement is not purchased as a preventative but rather to address acute and chronic symptoms associated with stiffness and joint pain common to arthritis.  In 2006 the results were published from two federally funded studies. In these studies there were no serious adverse events. However the results showed that glucosamine alone and in combination with chondroitin did not improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis more than a placebo. In a secondary analysis the glucosamine/chondroitin combination was more beneficial than the placebo in a subgroup of participants with moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis symptoms.  No physical harm has been associated with glucosamine and chondroitin. Consumer use of these supplements has not decreased despite the reported decrease in actual benefits. Consumers might be better  to consider supplements containing curcumin (pharmaceutical Turmeric) for inflammation and the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis pain.  

Saw Palmetto

The berries or fruit from saw palmetto is used to treat urinary symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or an enlarged prostate. This supplement is purchased for the chronic symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. In 2006 the results of a large study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine which showed that while saw palmetto was well tolerated, it was no better than placebo in improving the symptoms of BPH or an enlarged prostate in the study participants.  Uniquely saw palmetto does contain beta-sitosterol which does show statistically significant benefits in clinical studies in improving the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.  The big difference is that it would take about 200 capsules of saw palmetto to equal one capsule with 300 mg of beta-sitosterol.  The efficacy of beta-sitosterol when studied with enlarged prostate symptoms has been published in the British Journal of Urology, the Lancet, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.  Despite the study results of saw palmetto annual sales of saw palmetto in the  US exceed $135 million annually.  Again consumers are better off choosing a natural prostate supplement that uses the ingredient beta-sitosterol.

The following resources are credited for the article above:

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STOP the Robocalls and scammers on my Phone

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Everyone of us has been on an important call with a friend or relative and through call waiting our phone tells us we have another call with continuous beeping.  Or we have answered our phone only to be greeted with ” Hello this is Rachael” or “Vote for Bozo – he’s the Best”.  This problem is getting worse across the entire United States.  Before it was limited to landlines but now it has jumped the fence and now cell phones are being invaded.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the residents of Dallas, Texas received 48 million robocalls in December 2015 (Statistics from the YouMail Robocall Index).  Three months later the residents of Dallas received 91 million robocalls for the month of March 2016.  It really doesn’t matter where you live.  If you are reading this then you too have experienced these calls.

What can you do?  Well unfortunately the “Do Not Call Registry” is not working.  The CEO of AT&T reports that you should contact the Public Utilities  Commission if your State has it’s own “Do Not Call Registry”.  Otherwise contact the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission if you are on the Do Not Call Registry.  If you are not registered then do a search on the internet and sign  up. If we build up the number of complaints it will force Congress to act on our behalf.

It is most important that you contact your representative in Congress to support a new bill called   — ROBOCOP —  which stands for “The Repeated Objectionable Bothering of Consumers on Phones act“.  This bill was introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier, D.-Cali.. The bill requires companies like AT&T to offer consumers free optional robocall-blocking technology.

Representative Speier claims that the technology to block robocalls exists. But it is not widely available or easy to use.  This bill would also block politicians’ calls, and require phone companies to stop caller ID spoofing.  Rep. Speier stated that people deserve peace in their own homes. This is made impossible when their phones are ringing all day long.

Tell your U.S. senators and members of Congress that you demand passage of Speier’s ROBOCOP bill.  AT&T’s CEO claimed that the telecommunication companies must get permission from the  Federal Communications Commission. The ROBOCOP bill will accomplish this.

Avoid calls from unknown numbers. If you do pick up, hang up. Don’t talk. Don’t press buttons.  Do not select the option to be removed from being called.

Visit www.NOMOROBO.com and set this free service up if you have certain landline carriers:   Get information here https://www.nomorobo.com/

Dark Circles or Bags under your Eyes?

darkcircAs we age many of us have noticed this and it’s a big concern.  We are solicited with all these miracle creams that claim they will help us.  Since I too had this problem I decided to try and figure it out without spending a small fortune.

We have all seen expensive creams being sold for sale prices on QVC or HSN. Everyone  wonders if they should try some. Many a night I almost bought this or that alleged remedy and some may actually help.  I just wanted to learn more.

The first thing we need to do is consider what may be causing the problem.

  1. Limit the salt.  Yes try to use as little as possible when you are preparing or eating food.
  2. Manage your allergies.  Yes if you must, many over-the-counter products can actually dry up puffy eyes along with your runny nose or allergy symptoms.
  3. Some suggest using a Neti Pot.  This is a small teapot like gizmo where it allows you to cleanse the nasal passages by pouring salted water into one nostril and it goes out the other. (P.S.  I have not tried this – so no recommendation on this one.)
  4. Try sleeping on your back using more pillows to get comfortable.  Side and stomach sleepers tend to have more fluid collect under the eyes.
  5. Women should always remove make-up before going to sleep.
  6. Limit consumption of excess alcoholic beverages they tend to dehydrate you and cause greater pouching under the eye.
  7. Protect your eyes from the sun and UV. This can increase both sagging and wrinkling around your eyes.
  8. Smoking is a  “No” “No”.  This can lead to increased sagging, wrinkled, or droopy eyes.
  9. If you have swollen  eyes cool them down with cold compresses, cucumber, or even  chilled spoons.
  10. Try an eye cream and no it doesn’t  have to break the bank.  Physicians discourage the use of hemorrhoid cream as it may actually increase irritation around the eye.

This is where it gets interesting.  I have tried expensive creams $50 to $100 dollars plus and believe it or not was not impressed with the amount of bang for the buck.

Low and behold I have read so many reviews that I am blue in the face and am happy that people left honest reviews alerting me to (putting in bluntly) rip-offs. I didn’t want to sign up for anything (auto-shipping) or supply my credit card to unknown sellers.  I wanted to be able to get a refund if it didn’t work.  Well I have to say that we have a BINGO.  Believe it or not I have been using the following two products.  The one (Vitamin C 20%, E, & Hyaluronic Acid) I apply to my entire face.  I then apply Eye Gel (Plant stem cells, Matrixyl 3000, Hyaluronic Acid, Peptide complex, Vitamin E) under my eyes.  Seriously I have noticed extreme improvement.  Now it is important to understand that I am not employed or affiliated with the Company that makes these products.  In addition I am not being compensated by the Company to write any of this.  Here are the 2 products I purchased at Amazon.com.

My advise is to try these products and if they don’t help you Amazon.com has a great return policy.  Truthfully you will be pleasantly surprised. I was.

This QR Code Square Can Help You Get Information FAST

qrcodeThe square outlined in red contains a code recognized by your camera on both a smart phone or a tablet that has a camera and a “QR scanner” application.  The “QR” stands for quick response and was first developed for parts in the automotive industry.  Because the square can store a lot of information it quickly transitioned over to the internet.  By using an app or application you can scan the code now found on many product packages to get more information quickly.   By scanning this image you will be taken to the manufacturer’s web page for the product you are scanning. When you do not have time to search for a product using the internet it is much quicker and faster to use a smart phone or tablet camera with a QR scanner application to get information.  Try it you will likely find that this technology is very helpful.

 

Charities Preying on the Aging Population

12399311_10153924111787265_559287903_nThe best way to get a picture of what is going on is to set aside all solicitation mail for an entire month.  Take a good look at the end of the month and if it becomes obvious that you have a pile of mail then you have become a target.

It is easy to read a sad story and get emotionally attached and want to help. However, beware that these organizations know that and that is exactly what they are counting on.  If you have extra income for a charity then research the charity and carefully think and talk with your tax advisor or grown children.  A donation of any amount should go to a viable organization that honestly helps those who they claim to help.  More and more we read about cancer organizations who have collected money and not one cent ever helps a cancer victim or research all it does is buy a new car for those running the alleged charity.

Many older Americans and Canadians look forward to the daily mail delivery.  They set aside time to look through it and it gives them something to do.  However much of this mail is actually dangerous and can actually undermine the finances of the recipient.  If you have a parent or help an elderly neighbor try to educate and assist them with this.  It’s one thing to get the weekly grocery specials but it is another thing when people are being taken advantage of by organizations preying on the aged.